Sharon Barney, J.D., is a partner at Leech Tishman specializing in immigration and family law. Her work as an attorney requires a variety of communication skills, particularly in the arenas of legal writing/research, presenting arguments in court proceedings, and delivering advice to her clients. She is the current President of the Centre County Bar Association and is actively involved in the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Beyond her professional work, Sharon is also an engaged contributor to the State College community; for example, she spearheaded Centre County’s first Multicultural Unity Fair.
Danielle Yoder began her tenure as the new principal of Easterly Parkway Elementary in 2018. She comes to the State College Area School District from the Penns Valley Area School District (PVASD), where she had been the principal of Penns Valley Elementary and Intermediate School since 2015. Before then, she was the principal of Centre Hall-Potter Elementary School and Miles Township Elementary School for three years.
After graduating from Lebanon Valley College with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education, Yoder earned master of science degrees in educational development and strategies from Wilkes University and in reading and educational leadership from Edinboro University. She is currently working toward a PhD in Educational Leadership here at Penn State.
During her three-decade career, Yoder also has worked as a language arts and math teacher in the Midd-West School District in Middleburg, Pennsylvania. At PVASD, she served as the district’s Title 1 reading, English-language learners (ELL) and assessment coordinator.
Elaine Meder-Wilgus founded Webster’s Bookstore Cafe in 1999; it has since become a State College institution. Webster’s is not only a bookstore and café but also a performance venue, so Elaine does a great deal with event coordination, including such writing tasks as corresponding with participants and writing scripts.
Molly is the Executive Director for the Centre Foundation and a Board Member of ACRES (Adults Creating Residential and Employment Solutions). The Centre Foundation is an organization devoted to inspiring and facilitating a culture of giving which creates a vibrant community. Beginning in 1981, generous donors have invested in Centre Foundation, giving them over $35 million dollars in Foundation assets today. The Centre Foundation believes that everyone can be a philanthropist; they provide excellent personal service to donors and have a team of people ready to help them achieve their personal philanthropic goals. They pride themselves on a deep understanding of the community’s needs and their ability to provide innovative and traditional giving opportunities that match the passions of their donors with the needs of the community. The Centre Foundation believes in the organizations that are working to create a better future for the Centre County community; they provide services to help those organizations build endowments, to create support through community engagement, to strengthen themselves through training and research, to fund transformative projects, and to convene effective partnerships with stakeholders around community issues. To date, the Centre Foundation has invested over $18 million back into the Centre County community.
As the Executive Director, Molly is responsible for leadership and management of the organizations, as well as working with board of directors to develop and implement strategic plans that will ensure long-term growth and success.
Ali Rothrock is a speaker, author, educator and activist. She has delivered over 500 presentations nationwide. Ali has been in the volunteer fire service since 2005, enjoying more than a decade as a firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician.
Ali is the CEO & Lead Instructor for On the Job and Off, which is an online platform dedicated to building more resilient first responders. She is a member of the Cumberland County (PA) Critical Incident Stress Management Team and is a volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps. Ali is a Certified Trauma Responder through the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists. Ali has worked as a sexual assault and domestic violence counselor and has served on multiple national diversity and inclusion committees.
Ali is also a certified QPR Suicide Prevention instructor through the QPR Institute. She is the Eastern Division Trustee for Women in Fire. Ali is the author of Where Hope Lives, a memoir detailing her journey through her first few years in the fire service. She is currently writing her second book After, which details her story of trauma recovery while featuring other’s stories too.
Ali has an associate’s degree in Fire Science and is currently earning her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in crisis counseling. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband. Check out her website: https://www.aliwrothrock.com.
Cindy Hall is the Co-President of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) State College branch. The AAUW is an organization that empowers women as individuals and communities in education and the workplace through research, leadership, and a number of various initiatives.
In addition to her leadership with AAUW State College, Cindy has a rich history of knowledge and experience in Communications related positions. Cindy is a retired Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications at Penn State, a former Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, a former Associate Vice President for University Relations, and a former Director for the Department of University Marketing and Advertising. Cindy holds a Ph.D. from Penn State in Higher Education and has taught Public Relations as an adjunct professor for a number of years in the College of Communication at Penn State.
Cody is a technical communicator and statistician who wants to help people collect the right data and analyze it to make informed decisions. His specialities include statistics, technical communication, statistical reliability, JMP, SAS, and writing for translation.
Scott is a Technical Account Manager at Intel where he has been employed for 25 years. His major responsibility is working with Intel customers on designs in the evolving Internet of Things (IOT) marketplace as computer technology integrates with our daily activities. He works with engineers designing a variety of solutions, such as artificial intelligence for video conferencing, digital signage and surveillance, enterprise storage solutions, point-of-sale/kiosk terminals, medical imaging equipment (like CT scanners), and autonomous vehicles.
Because he lives in Pittsburgh and works with Intel and customer engineers in Arizona, California, Kansas, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and New York, as well as in Europe and Asia, Scott has experienced first-hand the value of effective writing and communication. His job requires him to communicate verbally and in email or collaborative documents with engineers who often use English as a second language.
Eileen has held the position of Senior Principle Multi-Discipline Engineer at Raytheon since 1982. She graduated from Penn State with her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1981 and with her Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1987. Before joining Raytheon, she worked as a COOP student at Burroughs Corporation for 6 months per year from 1977-1980 and as an Engineer at Texas Instruments from 1981-1982.
Throughout her time at Raytheon, Eileen has had a number of duties related to writing and communication; some of them include: Digital Circuit Design, Proposal Input, Systems Design, and various Personnel-related tasks. She has reviewed many resumes for prospective employees, conducted in-plant interviews, written hire/no hire recommendations based on the results of the interviews, and has provided annual performance appraisal inputs on all of the employees working under her.
Andrew currently works for Parsons. He has held a number of roles in engineering and EPCM consulting companies over the last 30+ years; he credits clear and effective communication as the catalysts for his mobility, both horizontally and vertically. He has held both technical and business management roles, domestically and internationally, in the areas of engineering, contracts, finance, accounting, HR, safety, and quality.
As a guest speaker, Andrew is most interested in focusing on career communication topics related to job search, reading and interpreting position requests, resumes, cover letters, interview tips, and working in global teams. He is open to answering any questions from students and wandering in any of the directions toward which they are interested in steering the conversation. Because Andrew lives in South Carolina and works in North Carolina, he joins classes remotely via video conferencing.